Visiting Assistant Professor

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

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Visiting Assistant Professor




College of Science

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Department Summary:

The University of North Texas (UNT) is a Carnegie R1 research university and a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution. With a diverse population of over 40,000 students, UNT is one of the largest educational institutions in Texas and the most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth/North Texas area. UNT is located in Denton, a cultural hot spot on the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. UNT’s location also provides extensive opportunities for partnerships with other educational institutions that are interested in improving chemistry education for the diverse and rapidly growing population of the Dallas-Fort Worth/North Texas region. UNT is a diverse community of teachers, scholars, and students who share a commitment to fulfilling human potential through quality education. The selected candidate will have opportunities to interact with many established programs on campus that focus on aspects of chemistry and science education, including the Teach North Texas (TNT) teacher training program and the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (a residential magnet high school for high achievers). Our department has a strong tradition of collaborative and interdisciplinary research that is strongly integrated with the education of undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral students, and has historically had an active Chemistry Education Ph.D. program. Although this program has been dormant in the recent past, the Department of Chemistry is currently in a revitalization phase of Chemistry Education at UNT. Our faculty view this program as a key component of our strategic plan to grow and diversify interdisciplinary research in our department.

Position Summary:

The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Texas invites applicants for a post-doctoral teaching and research position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. This non-tenure track position will be for one year with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, with a planned start date of September 1, 2021. The primary responsibilities of the position include components of both research and teaching. Research responsibilities include conducting chemistry education research to explore the way undergraduate students interpret, understand, and use chemistry representations. The candidate will closely collaborate with the PI of the Chemistry Education Research Group at the University of North Texas, Dr. Molly B. Atkinson, and will be supervised by the Department Chair. Teaching responsibilities include teaching one course section each Fall and Spring semester within the Department of Chemistry at the undergraduate introductory level (either general or organic chemistry, depending upon the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs).

Minimum Qualifications:

•The candidate should have received their Ph.D. from an accredited institution in chemistry, chemistry education, science education, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative chemistry education/science education research methods
•Experience with and/or interest in the method of eye tracking in chemistry education research
•Record of publication in chemistry education and/or science education
•Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to work/collaborate with others
•Interest in training/mentoring graduate and undergraduate chemistry education research students
•Demonstrated success and/or dedication to excellence in teaching introductory undergraduate chemistry

Physical Requirements:

Talk or Hear

Area of Specialty:

Chemistry Education Research

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct any questions to Dr. Molly B. Atkinson ([email protected]).

Required Documents:
•Curriculum Vitae
•Cover Letter*
•A writing sample (e.g., published journal article)
•Statement of Teaching Philosophy
•Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
•A list of 3 professional references, with their contact information, who are willing to be contacted directly by the PI to request letters of recommendation

*The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in this position and why they are a good choice for this position, based on alignment with the required minimum qualifications and any other desirable or preferred qualifications (e.g., past experience relevant to the job responsibilities). The cover letter should also specify when the applicant expects to receive their Ph.D. if they have not yet received it at the time of application.

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Posted: 11/5/2020
Application Due: 1/4/2021
Work Type: Full Time